WWE has seen a lot of important figured go through the company, but few have been as important as Jerry McDevitt. WWE’s longtime attorney got Vince McMahon through many tight spots, and now he is retiring at 75-years-old.
Wrestlenomics reports that Jerry McDevitt, the long-time lawyer for WWE, has confirmed that he will no longer be representing the company in the antitrust lawsuit brought by MLW. McDevitt has announced his retirement as the reason for his departure from the case. In January 2022, McDevitt expressed his plans to retire, and he expects the lawsuit to continue until at least 2025.
To replace McDevitt, WWE has enlisted the services of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Warton & Garrison LLP. The legal team from this firm, consisting of Walter Brown, Karen Dunn, William Michael, and Brette Tannenbaum, filed the necessary documents on Wednesday to represent WWE in the lawsuit.
Jerry McDevitt released the following statement, which explained his position and why he is taking this big step right now.
As you may know, since early 2022 I have been working towards retirement. I had hoped that the Court would again dismiss MLW’s lawsuit as it did the first time. When it did not, and it became obvious that the case would run into at least 2025 in all probability, I advised my client that I would be wrapping things up by year-end and that it would make sense for them to secure counsel who can go the distance on the case now that discovery will be starting. There is also the chance that I might be a witness given the allegations. I will be 74 this January and it just seems like the right time to make necessary transitions.
We have worked with Paul[,] Weiss on other matters and they are an excellent firm who I will be helping get up to speed.
It has been a great 36-year run with a great Company and Vince [McMahon], and I am very proud of all that we accomplished during that time, and I will continue to help them any way I can.
Jerry McDevitt has represented Vince McMahon and WWE in various legal matters dating back to 1987. This also took place in the middle of MLW’s lawsuit against WWE.
That MLW lawsuit isn’t going away. To celebrate Jerry McDevitt’s retirement, MLW tweeted out: “MLW just won its first retirement match.”
We will have to see if Jerry McDevitt really stays retired. After all, Vince McMahon likes to keep calling the same people whenever he can. For more information, please keep checking back with Ringside News.